If you have children, you know life can be hectic and messy. The kitchen is one of the busiest areas in your home, and you want your whole family to be able to enjoy it. Whether you’re building a home or remodeling the kitchen in your current house, we want to help you choose the best countertop for your family. We have put together some great kid-friendly options for you to check out.
Before You Buy
There are a few things to consider prior to purchasing your new countertop.
- The color and design. What “look” you are hoping for.
- Durability & Ease of maintenance
- How well it matches your backsplash and other kitchen features
- Cost: Both upfront and long term
Laminate is a top choice of material for homes with children. It is relatively low cost, available in hundreds of patterns and colors, and is very durable. Formica alone has more than 250 pattern/color options for its laminate. Laminate countertops are easy to clean with hot water and regular household cleaner, and they do not need to be sealed. It is scratch, chip, and crack resistant. You can also easily install this material yourself as a weekend warrior project. We carry top brands of laminate countertops including Wilsonart, and Formica.
A solid surface is another great choice for countertops. It’s a tough, acrylic-like material that comes in a wide array of colors. It fits well in any decor style, from contemporary to classic. The solid surface is non-porous, making it very easy to clean. It is also stain-resistant and can withstand mild impact and low heat. It’s tough to scratch but can be repaired easily with some sanding. Another great feature is that it has a little “give”, so glasses dropped by little hands are less likely to break. Check out DuPont Corian for an amazing solid surface countertop.
Granite has not been popular for families in the past, but new sealant technology is changing that. When properly sealed, granite countertops resist staining and are very easy to clean. No harsh chemicals are necessary to protect your children from germs. Granite is also very heat resistant for those times when you must set a hot item on the counter to rescue a kid from the top of the table.
Silestone is a quartz surface that has been treated to combine beautiful quartz textures with extraordinary performance. It is also the only countertop with bacteriostatic protection to ensure the most hygienic food preparation surfaces, perfect for kids who just can’t wait to snag a snack off the counter.
When you’re ready to pick a family-friendly surface for your countertop, allow us to be of assistance. We have knowledgeable, experienced staff who can help you choose a countertop you love that can also stand up to kids. Send us a message to get a quote for your kitchen project and ask questions you may have. We have locations in both Richmond and Glen Allen, VA, and are proud to serve the areas of Henrico, Manakin-Sabot, Midlothian, Mosley, and Chesterfield, VA.